Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Books at hand

The last few days have been good ones for scoring cricket books. A friend of mine loaned me her copy of Joseph O'Neill's Netherland; Satadru Sen loaned me his personal copy of Migrant Races Empire, Identity and K.S. Ranjitsinhji; and finally, the University of Chicago Press sent me a review copy of The Original Laws of Cricket.

I hope to write reviews and post them here, on Different Strokes and over at Faster Times.



Blogger vijayanand said...

Younis khan, the incumbent skipper of Pakistan cricket team , has proclaimed that outwitting India will be his top priority in the Champions Trophy, when the two sides confront on September 26 in Centurion. Earlier team mate spinner Umar Gul also expressed the same. Sunday, and underline Pakistan’s poor record against India in ICC events.
The fact that Pakistan lost two times to India, in 2007 when the twenty-twenty tournaments were introduced had offended the feelings of his teammates, said Younis. Regarding team India as a highly talented one-day side, he said his teammates were looking forward to a vengeance. A long gap has been left since the last victory of Pakistan over India in the 2004 Champions Trophy. Relations between the two countries have been strained after the terror attacks in Mumbai last November, and this tension reflected in cricket too as both the teams have not played withy each other for an year.

8:01 AM  
Blogger Cricket Tragic said...

Samir, I found Netherlands to be a bit dragged out...I generally don't read such books but got interested only because of the cricket links....but it obviously is good, or else I can't imagine a cricket novel being nominated for a Booker Prize! :P

10:44 AM  
Blogger Goutham Chakravarthi L S said...

You should also check out 'Cardus on Cricket' by Neville Cardus.

12:59 PM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Vijay: You sure you on the right blog?

CT: I've just started it, and so far I like it. I live in New York City, so the book has special appeal for me. I hope to review it pretty soon.

Goutham: Welcome to the blog. Thanks for that tip - I read it many, many years ago, so its probably worth a revisit. I liked some of the reviews over at your blog.

3:02 PM  
Blogger vijayanand said...

Soured bats for Dravid On seeing the above title do not think that Soured Gangly has given up his decision to quit from all the versions of the game of cricket and is back in the scene. E mean to say that Soured, nicknamed as ‘Dada’ by the fans has hailed the decision of the selection committee to bring back Rahall David and thereby proving that only form was the problem associated with senior players and age had nothing to do with performance. Sourav expressed hope that the right hander would fare well in the upcoming tri-series. For the past one year Rahu l Dravid – ‘ The wall’ had been away from the one day format of the game. Sourav tried to strengthen his contention by citing the inclusion of Nehra as another example. Sourav’s statement assumes significance in this scenario as we find the three batsmen Laxman, Dravid and Sachin who are at mid thirties of age, delivering a consistent good performance.
Five players who were part of the squad that defeated West Indies in the latter’s soil failed to earn a place in the newly announced squad. Dines kart hick was lucky to be included as the last man replacing the recovering Sehwag. The same squad will be retained for both the traceries (in which Srilanka and Newzealand are other participants) and the following Champions trophy to take place in South Africa. Suresh Raina- A player who had established his capability many a time missed out previous tournaments due to a broken thumb has recovered completely. He is back in the squad. Selectors have shown mercy on the other player Yusuf pathan.

2:30 AM  
Blogger Subash said...

This guy Vijayanand seems to Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V - ing on many cricket blogs. I noticed his "comments" on Cricket Maidon blog as well as BCC! blog a few days ago!

11:34 AM  
Blogger Cricket Tragic said...


Yeah, I even saw his news reports on Som's Doosra! I thought that he just wanted to get some publicity for his blog but, funnily, he doesn't have one! :O

1:55 PM  
Blogger Subash said...

@ CT

Yeah, i did look up his profile as well, but alas, he doesn't have a blog!

4:23 PM  

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